When we started we wanted to use something which no one else had, so we wouldn't have to change it down the line. It basically means an unstoppable force in the middle of the night, which sounds intriguing.
2. How did this band get started?
Andy and I (Vincent) knew each other in high school and would jam together on weekends. First with guitars and then with synths and pedals and other toys. We started playing friends house parties and then weird warehouse gigs. We put out some odd vinyl here and there and met Dan our third member in Sydney before putting out our albums.
3. What bands are you influenced by?
There's many. Anyone and anything from the Kinks to Bernard Hermann to Phillip Glass.
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
It would have been fun to tour with Nirvana when they were supported by Bobcat Goldthwaite. I think that would have been a fun combination. It would take guts being a stand up comedian opening for rockbands, but I wish there was more of it.
5. Best food to eat on tour?
Seafood, because it's fresh from the sea and won't weigh you down on stage. I love festivals which offer oyster platters.
6. Why should people listen to your band?
Because we make good music, which is good.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Michael Jordan. Because he's retired after putting in all the heard yards. Now it would be fun to just play golf and watch movies in his home theatre, or whatever else he does in his luxury retirement years.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Buddha, for allowing his image to appear in my breakfast cereal.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Building an alliance between the music industry and the airline industry, so excess baggage fees can be a thing of the past.
10. Memorable tour experience?
I've always loved playing in Japan. Fuji Rock is quite amazing, and I have some great memories of wondering through the mountainous forest surrounds after our set. Though Mexico is great too. Eating amazing mexican food, playing your show and then wondering to the top of a pyramid makes for memorable moments too.
11. What does AP.net mean to you?
It means it's the domain name of the Absolute Punk website. Content would be stored on a seperate server I think.
12. What is your favorite song to play?
From our set I suppose I enjoy playing songs where we can extend the intros and bridge breakdowns so I like songs like HCL or Melodiya, though it's also good when there's songs which the audience are familiar with like Into the Galaxy, for a sing along.
13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Cuba is amazing. I'm thinking about going back there after this tour. The Pacific is also really beautiful.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
Huey Lewis and the News due to the Back to the Future Soundtrack.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Flight would be number one. I dream about it enough and feel I understand how to steer and keep steady so i think I could handle it.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
We like to rip out the carpet and tap dance before showtime.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
We don't know how to tap dance.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
You have to be in with the right people to get in on the larger radio stations. At that point it's not actually about the music anymore. Most larger stations only use short generic bursts of pop music which will appeal to the widest demographic. Though if that's what people feel like hearing while driving to work then so be it. I'd be very happy to be played widely on radio stations but depends on which stations I suppose. I know our music connects with people so I'm satisfied with that.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
We've always been pretty active in various creative paths. Film, drawing, long walks in the park.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
I've always juggled film projects as well so has been fun doing some of these recent midnight juggernaut clips in my spare time. We also cook a mean Seafood Surprise Burrito.